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September 17, 2013

Local doctor disciplined in connection with obstetrics case

JACKSONVILLE — For the second time in less than six years, a Jacksonville physician has been disciplined, fined and ordered to undergo additional training by the Texas Medical Board in response to allegations she failed to meet the standard of care in an August obstetrics case.

In the most recent case, Dr. Lucia Leigh Williams, 55 – who has been practicing medicine since 1985 – is alleged to have failed to diagnose and treat a pregnant patient's chronic hypertension on Aug. 30.

In that same case, she also is alleged to have failed to order further testing to confirm the well-being of a baby's fetus, according to Texas Medical Board records.

Williams declined to speak on the issue Monday – citing the constraints of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.

“I really can't comment on any of that because HIPAA laws prevent me,” she said.

Following the initial investigation into the matter by the Texas Medical Board, Williams entered into a mediated agreed order that requires her to complete eight additional hours of  risk management training and another eight hours studying how to manage high risk obstetrics patients – all within the space of one year.

Additionally, the doctor has been ordered to pay an administrative penalty of $1,000 within 60 days, the TMB reported.

Williams, who graduated from the St. Louis University School of Medicine in 1984, also was disciplined on Aug. 21, 2009 for failure to meet the standard of care in the management of a surgical patient.

At that time,  Williams and the board entered into a mediated agreed order similar to the most recent one.

This particular order stipulated she obtain 16 hours of continuing medical education in operative laparoscopic surgery and that she pay an administrative penalty of $5,000, records show.

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